July 23 at 7:48pm

Media Alert: Interfaith exceeds ‘Housing 1000’ campaign goal

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Contact: Lauren Holt, Communications Coordinator

Email: lholt@interfaithservices.org

 

San Diego, CA (July 23, 2018) – Interfaith Community Services is proud to announce that as of the end of its fiscal year, it has exceeded the goal of its ‘Housing 1000’ campaign by finding a home for 1,198 men, women, and children, with 167 of those individuals being veterans.

Interviews available with participating clients, as well as Greg Anglea, CEO of Interfaith Community Services.

At its 2017 Annual Meeting last September, Interfaith first announced the ‘Housing 1000’ campaign, an effort to move 1,000 individuals from homelessness to housing over the course of the fiscal year. During the 2016-2017 fiscal year, Interfaith was able to move 538 individuals off of the streets and into their own apartments – ending their homelessness. With the increasing state of crisis around homelessness, the clear will of the community to come to action, and the proven success of Interfaith’s self-sufficiency model for housing, Interfaith set its sights even higher with a goal to nearly double housing completions to 1,000 for the 2017-2018 year.

“Our vision for this campaign was sparked by the Hepititis A outbreak last fall and the state of crisis that ensued,” said Interfaith CEO, Greg Anglea. “We started to ask the question ‘What if we brought the same level of urgency to the root cause of this crisis? What if we brought this same level of urgency and accountability to ending homelessness?’ We realized that the idea of “ending homelessness” sounded impossible, but we thought why not set our goal at housing 1,000 community members this year and see where it led us.”

At the completion of the fiscal year, Interfaith is excited to say it has well surpassed its goal and found housing placements for 1,198 individuals between July 1st, 2017 and June 30th, 2018 – more than doubling the number of individuals housed in the same time span last year. This was done with wide-spread community support via monetary donations, in-kind donations, and the support of property managers who were willing to rent at market-rate to individuals with third-party payment vouchers.

For more information in regards to attending Interfaith’s Housing 1000 program and its success, please contact Lauren Holt at (619) 851-4639 or via email at lholt@interfaithservices.org.

About Interfaith Community Services

As North County’s largest social services agency, Interfaith Community Services (Interfaith) has been “helping people help themselves” since 1979. The organization provides a wide range of programs designed to empower hungry, homeless, and low-income community members to begin a pathway towards self-sufficiency. Each year, Interfaith Community Services impacts over 17,000 community members by providing basic needs and nutrition support, social services, shelters and housing, employment development, youth programs, senior services, veterans programs and addiction recovery support.